Sponsor A Monk

The Tibetan Monk Sponsorship Program

Below you will find Tibetan monks who need sponsors. They are mostly newcomers from Tibet who walked across the Himalayas risking their lives in search of education, while some of them are orphans or from poor families from the Himalayan Region. We are asking your help by choosing one or more of the monks to sponsor. Just fifteen US dollars a month, per monk, goes a long way in India and helps the monks with their needs such as clothing, books, medical and dental costs and other daily necessities. We believe that this is a wonderful opportunity to practice your compassion and generosity.

After choosing a monk, please email Debra Cox and Venerable Geshe Phelgye at tphelgye@universalcompassion.org. As soon as a monk is sponsored, the sponsor’s name (only) will appear next to the monk on the website, unless you would like it to read “anonymous.”

A sponsor has the option of sending their check directly to the address in India, listed next to the photo of their monk. Your check should be made out to the name of your monk. Please do not send cash! We have heard that cash and gifts sent by ordinary post tempt thieves. It is best not to include photos in the same letter with the check. Another security tip that has been successful is to mail the letter at the post office with postal tape rather than stamps. Sponsorship money may be sent as frequently as you like ($45 for 3 months, $90 for 6 months, $180 for a year, etc.). You can also send sponsorship money through Western Union /Money change which is faster and safer.

Please be sure to include your name and return address so that your monk can write a card to you from time to time, especially if they have started their English classes in the monastery’s secondary school. It is heart-warming to get to know these devoted Dharma students, and you can be sure that they will have a greater motivation to learn English when it means that they will be able to write to their sponsor.

Thank you for your contribution in helping all fellow sentient beings by supporting the Buddha dharma.


Sponsor Lobsang Rinchen through UCC Lobsang Rinchen (#3)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Sonam Gyatso through UCC Sonam Gyatso (#7)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Jampa Kalden through UCC Jampa Kalden (#9)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Choephel through UCC Lobsang Choephel (#27)
House No. 36
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Jampa through UCC Lobsang Jampa (#31)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Donyoe through UCC Lobsang Donyoe (#130)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Thupten Phuntsok through UCC Thupten Phuntsok (#146)
House No. 36
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Sangpo through UCC Sangpo (#147)
House No. 35
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Gyaltsen through UCC Lobsang Gyaltsen (#149)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Ngawang Tsultrim through UCC Ngawang Tsultrim (#150)
House No. 35
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Jampa Choklang through UCC Jampa Choklang (#151)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Gyaltsen Phendey through UCC Gyaltsen Phendey (#152)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Jyatso,A through UCC Lobsang Jyatso,A (#154)
House No. 52
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Parang Jampa Lobsang through UCC Parang Jampa Lobsang (#158)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Jupa Lobsang Tenzen through UCC Jupa Lobsang Tenzen (#176)
House No. 36
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Tashi Nima through UCC Tashi Nima (#180)
House No. 52
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Jampa Lakden through UCC Jampa Lakden (#183)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Tashi through UCC Lobsang Tashi (#184)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Dechen Tsering through UCC Dechen Tsering (#186)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Tenzen G,K through UCC Lobsang Tenzen G,K (#189)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India
Sponsor Lobsang Yeshi B. through UCC Lobsang Yeshi B. (#195)
House No. 55
Sera-Jey La Khangtsen
P.O.Bylakuppe 571104
Karnataka, India

Tibetan Buddhist Monastic University in Exile in Southern India

Today Tibetan Buddhism and the Tibetan culture are threatened with extinction in their original country. Dharma, or the practice of Buddhism, was so prevalent in Tibet previous to 1959 that many Tibetan families sent their children to study at the local monastery. Lay people attended ceremonies in their local monasteries and practiced rituals and prayers in their own homes. The Tibetan culture is a culture that is inseparable from its spirituality.

Today, due to the severe conditions for the Tibetan people inside of Tibet, many who wish to follow their cultural and spiritual heritage by becoming monks and nuns find no safe place to openly study Dharma. Under the repressive Chinese government regime they are not allowed to study Buddhist teachings, which are historically an integral part of the Tibetan culture. Part of the Communist regime’s policy in Tibet is to have patriotic re-education programs in which Tibetans are forced to pledge allegiance to the motherland and denounce H.H. the Dalai Lama as a villain, a jackal, an enemy of the state and a splitist. This is a mortification to Tibetans who have great devotion to H.H. the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of all Tibetans. When they do not denounce His Holiness, they are usually imprisoned and tortured, sometimes for many years.

Monasteries inside of Tibet were demolished during the Maoist Cultural Revolution following the fall of Lhasa in 1959. These seats of high learning nearly ceased to exist. Repressive Chinese policies often killed the high Lamas, monks and nuns, and suppressed Buddhist education.

Three of the largest monastic universities were Sera, Drepung and Gaden which were of the Gelug linage, which H.H. the Dalai Lama belongs. These city-sized monastic universities were located on the outskirts of the Tibetan capital Lhasa, each housing tens of thousands of monks. These were the centers of high learning of the spiritual arts and sciences of Buddhism. Their unbroken lineages went back to great spiritual saints and luminaries such as Tsongkapa and Padmasambhava, and of course, originating with the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni.

Shortly after H.H. the Dalai Lama’s secret escape, during the bloody massacre in 1959, the Indian government generously gave tracts of land in a number of locations in India for Tibetan exile communities. In 1970, two hundred acres of land of Bylakuppe Tibetan refugee camp were given to three hundred monks of Sera monastery. Now, forty years later, Sera monastery has grown so large that it is home to over six thousand monks and is still growing rapidly. The entire two hundred acres is now covered with buildings leaving no space for farming.

The escape from Tibet into India is a dangerous journey over the tall and snowy Himalaya Mountains. Frostbite, hunger, and being shot or imprisoned by the Chinese soldiers are all great hazards. The ones who do successfully find their way to Tibetan exile communities and monasteries, often arrive sick and hungry with no money or sponsors. Some need to have one or more toes amputated due to frostbite and freezing in the Himalayas. But they arrive full of enthusiasm and fervor to have the precious opportunity to devote their lives to higher learning and the study of Tibetan Buddhism. To be free to become monks or nuns or to take the extensive training to become a teacher with a Geshe degree in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition makes these sacrifices and risks worthwhile.

Venerable Geshe Thupten Phelgye of Sera Jey-Monastic University, Founder of Universal Compassion Movement, Member of Tibetan Parliament in Exile, has been traveling tirelessly around the world with his message of Universal Compassion and is now giving people an opportunity to exercise their generosity by helping a Tibetan refugee monk through his sponsorship program.

Western friends and students of Geshe Phelgye have come up with their support to Dharma and the Tibetan cause by supporting monastic education through this sponsorship program. If we can be of any help to you in this regard, please write Geshe Phelgye or Debra Cox at the addresses listed above.

On behalf of Venerable Geshe Phelgye’s Universal Compassion Movement and his Western students and friends, we deeply thank you for your kind support.

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